We had the good fortune of connecting with Omolara Adedeji and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Omolara, how do you think about risk?
In my opinion, risk is a necessary key to living a fulfilling life. I used to fear the unknown because I wanted to be in control to avoid pain, and if I’m being honest, I still want to be in the driver seat at times. But, I’m persuaded that the best things in life we can experience are on the other side of fear and most importantly, when we relinquish control. Though pain is inevitable, no pain is wasted and always manifests into something greater. That lesson is learned after you take a risk. How do I know? I’m living it. For me, from only applying to one school for undergrad, getting into Penn State then going against my Nigerian culture’s norm to pursue a beauty career, to moving to London for 5 months, then moving to Dallas knowing no one, and starting my business during a pandemic—taking risks is apart of my life. I’ve learned so much about who I am, why I am the way I am, how faithful God is, and what I’m capable of—all of which gives me clarity of my purpose and equips me to live it out. Deep within my core, I’ve always believed that there’s more for me to see, do and become. Living abroad in London for a few months taught me that growth happens outside of your comfort zone; and experiencing said growth requires taking a risk or two…or five. My goal in life is to maximize my potential and have a positive impact on others while doing so. Taking risks keeps me in a constant state of growth in order to accomplish that.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I want the world to know that though my career consists of me enhancing people’s external appearance, the heartbeat of Nail Theory Studio is driven by my true calling to help and empower them to thrive from within. I am most proud of the fact that despite moving to Dallas in the summer of 2017, knowing no one, I’ve been able to build a clientele from ground zero, to the point where I am now fully booked and unable to take on new clients. The fact that I genuinely care about and listen to my clients to make them feel seen and heard in a comfortable, “come as you are” atmosphere is what sets me apart from others. As I execute practical, yet chic nail art while preserving the health of their nails, we talk, laugh, cry, and uplift one another. This journey of entrepreneurship hasn’t been easy, to say the least, but I’ve overcome various challenges (financial instability, sleeping on a friend’s couch, getting fired, starting my business during the covid pandemic, overcoming imposter syndrome, etc) by praying to God about everything, surrounding myself with family/positive friends, and believing that everything will always work out in my favor regardless of how I feel. Along my journey thus far, I’ve learned 3 major lessons: 1. I am rooted in love, 2. I am supported beyond measure and, 3. no pain is wasted, ever.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If my best friend came to visit for a week, I’d start the trip the same way I began when I moved here…with food! First up, street tacos! Then we’d stop by Trinity Groves to get nitrogen margaritas at Beto & Son afterwards. We would venture out the next few days to visit 4 of my favorite hotels around the city: The Joule for dinner, The Thompson for drinks, The Virgin Hotel for the pool bar, and the Statler for the rooftop ambiance, in no particular order. Throughout the week, I’d take her to spend time outdoors to enjoy the weather by driving to go tulip-picking, walking the streets of Deep Ellum, eating sushi or ramen on a patio, and walking and talking along the Margaret Hunt bridge for some good ol’ quality time. Indulging in more food, I’d take her to Uchi or Pangea, or both. Because we aren’t young and wild anymore, a night in watching a movie and talking is a definite must. I’d finish off her trip by getting dinner reservations at Delucca in Design District because the whole experience is just…wow.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I have to dedicate this to my mom, my brother Dipo, and my amazing nail gang community of girlfriends–The #StudioStunners! First things first, to my mom, you are the definition of pure love and legitimately my #1 fan. You hype me up, but will also tell me about myself when necessary. We all need someone like you to keep us humble as we soar in the sky. To my sweet brother, you’re my rock. You encourage me when I doubt myself and you help me to see myself in the best way. When I talk to both you and Mom, I believe I can do anything. And to my nail gang community of girlfriends who I consider “framily,” (friends who are more like family)…I love you all! You all are stunning in various ways. You support me, invest in me, encourage me, and hold me accountable. There wouldn’t be a Nail Theory Studio without you!
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